Both the professional and the opposite comment on Medicare for All contained valid arguments (“Medicare for All could have saved lives during the covid”; “(Covid is refuting the Medicare for All case,” The Herald, May 16). line is that no one in this country should be denied medical services or essential medicines due to insurance or financial problems.
Medicare for Everyone will not solve all the problems. Like Canada, just providing “coverage” to everyone will not guarantee care when needed. And the best medical care will cease to exist without competition. Medicare coverage will not ensure that people are authorized to receive all the services or medications they need. Just ask people who currently have Medicare.
The problem is not just the type of insurance or the lack of it. Even people with the most expensive and comprehensive health insurance offered by their employers can still be denied access to use this coverage. This is the result of “managed care” by insurance companies. Non-medical staff insured at an insurance office may refuse to let a person use the benefits that medical staff interacting with the patient deem essential. Sometimes health care providers spend more time trying to get permission from insurance companies than with patients.
The solution is to thoroughly evaluate the insurance industry. Make them liable for any damage caused by denying legal services. Congress must set the rules for any type of insurance, be it a commercial company or Medicare or Medicaid, to protect patients.
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